Regional Small Grants

The Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants programme supports community projects that benefit children and young people in the North East area, in line with our aims and objectives. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £1,000.

Since the Regional Small Grants panel was established, over £288,000 has been awarded to 345 community projects that benefit children and young people across the whole region from Berwick to Teesside. Grants are allocated in line with The Children’s Foundation values; to alleviate the negative impact of distress, disadvantage and disability.

Our recent award winners:

8th Blyth Sea Scouts- who were awarded £659.98 for two paddleboards which will enhance their provision of water activities for children and young people participating in their services.  This includes work with children displaying challenging behaviour, and those with disabilities and mental health needs.

Consett Churches Detached Youth Project– who were awarded £220 to pay for trips and outdoor activities for a new LGBT youth project.

Live Music Now North East- who were awarded £840 to deliver music sessions and concerts to six SEN schools in Teeside and Darlington. They will work with children with a range of physical, learning and sensory disabilities.

Marton Community Youth Centre- who were awarded £500 towards the cost of re-surfacing their basketball  area. It will help to provide a safe environment to encourage young people from the Junior Youth Club to participate in outdoor physical.

North East Autism Society- who were awarded £998.20 for specialist sensory toolkits for use in parent and toddler groups.

The North Tyneside Disability Forum- who were awarded £900 to begin a Children’s Signed Singing Choir led by Deaf and Hard of Hearing young people. Our grant will fund a youth and play worker with signing skills to support the sessions in this inclusive project, as well as enabling visits to local venues when they are ready to perform.

The Customs House Trust- who were awarded £800 to run their ‘Painting Our River’ Project, which will engage 10 looked after children in a series of artist-led workshops that will culminate in an Arts Award for each child.


Some quotes from the grant recipients:


“Thank you, thank you, thank you….we are delighted that we’ve been chosen for a Children’s Foundation Grant” – Sylvia Ross, Marton Community Centre


“Our work with South Tyneside’s Looked After Children is extremely important and only possible thanks to the generosity The Children’s Foundation and other funders. Our creative project will allow children to make their own artworks inspired by The Customs House riverside setting working alongside a professional artist.  Projects like this makes such a positive difference to children’s lives; developing their sense of self-confidence and knowledge they can succeed.”- Elizabeth Kane, Learning Officer at The Customs House

“It was wonderful news to find out we had received funding from the Children’s Foundation to support families affected by autism across the North East. The funding will enable us to create a toolkit for our family workshops and support groups to allow families to explore the resources which may be useful for their children, see the benefits of these and how to use them. It will also purchase specialist toys and activities for our early year’s toddler groups allowing children to develop key skills, overcome challenges and improve their life chances. Thank you so much for your support.”Lindsay Peach, North East Autism Society

Apply for a Regional Small Grant

The next Regional Small Grants panel takes place in July 2018, therefore if you would like to be considered at our next meeting we will require your application form no later than the end of May 2018.

For an application pack or more information email: please copy in on all correspondence regarding  Regional Small Grants

Occasionally we are fortunate enough to come along and see where the money we have given out goes. This month we sent our mascot Courage the Lion along to Useful Vision’s Panto Cinderella, which we helped to fund through the Regional Small Grants programme. He reported back that the children (all with varying physical, learning and sensory disabilities) had an amazing time, and got a sensory experience that is rarely open to them. Working with other charities, and through Regional Small Grants, The Children’s Foundation hopes to reach more and more children in 2018!





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